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of washington today as jim demint the informal leader of the senate tea party caucus announced his resignation. he is going to step down and into the director's chair at the conservative think tank the heritage foundation. that position not only allows him to shape the conservative agenda from the outside. it also comes with a pretty significant raise. demint now makes $174,000 a year. he's got an estimated net worth of $65,000. so he's actually the fourth poorest senator right now according to open secrets. but at heritage he's going to pull down a cool estimated million dollar salary. he told rush limbaugh that it's about principles not dollars, saying quote, i believe that i can do more good for the conservative movement outside of the senate. of course he has done a lot for the movement inside the senate because through his senate conservative fund he has cultivated a whole host of tea partyers including tea party senators like ron johnson, mike lee, marco rubio, pat toomey rand paul geoff flake, geoff fisher. perhaps his worst was backing tod
throwing a fit in washington today, wait until they come out and say this means getting rid of the mortgage deduction that people get on their mortgages or giving money to their church or university, that's where the money is in deductions. that's something that a lot of people use and it has very powerful support in the country washington and the country at large. >> jennifer: if you do that by closing loopholes you still can't come up with enough money unless you basically eliminate them right? >> right, and you know, it's a few $100 billion perhaps. again, i don't think it's sort of asymmetrical warfare. the obamas put together a plan. if you jack up the rates on the top earners you'll get more money, and more money will be withheld from their salaries and they'll owe more at the end of the year. by contrast if you talk about ways of eliminating deductions without saying which ones they are, that doesn't get you far. that's been in the conversation for the la many years in washington. >> jennifer: carrie, you talked about a compromise. in a way to give the republicans a way of saving fac
that because we love gridlock in washington as the republicans right? so he said, if the senate reforms it, the filibuster, we'll block every vote. quote, any bill that reaches the republican-led house based on the senate democrat's heavy handed power play would be dead on arrival. if you thought gridlock was bad before, wait until you get a load of the new gridlock where he would kill every single bill. do you remember what president obama said before the election? i'll remind you don't worry here it comes. my hope, my expectation is that after the election, now that it turns out that the goal beating obama does not make much sense because i'm not running again that we can start getting some cooperation again. hate to do it to you but wrong again, bob. it doesn't look like you're going to get a lot of cooperation. but then the radical wing of the republican party said no the republicans are being too soft and boehner is being too light on the president. his grand bargain proposal the republican counter offer to the extent that it can be interpreted from the hazy details now available is a
. >> it's over. she's feeling better. in washington state at midnight when the clock struck midnight, pot became legal. depending on who you ask. but they voted and pot is legal and gay marriage is legal in washington state. gay couples lined up and at midnight, they had several ceremonies and several gay couples were married. one of them was dan savage, sex columnist, very well-known. >> bill: no kidding. >> he married his long-time partner, terry in washington. if you're in washington state, i would suggest you get high and then go get married because you're going to need it if you're planning on getting married. welcome to the club. for those of you getting married. >> bill: congratulations again to the voters of washington state for doing the right thing there and to the voters of washington state and colorado for doing the right thing when it comes to marijuana. but i would say on disappointing news to me is that the justice department yesterday announced that they want everybody to know that pot is still an ille
it was midnight no, it was 4:20. we've got both sides of that argument again tonight. it's interesting washington now officially the most liberal state. way to go, evergreen. >> white resumes black resumes. white sounding names black sounding names what are the results? the person who did that experiment is on the show. we've got elbows. it is in fact go time. [ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> cenk: now the president has been selling his idea for the grand bargain and tax increases for the rich in the country. in fact, he went on twitter to talk about it. apparently this is the first time on twitter. they put out a little video from the white house about him doing it. here, watch. ♪ >> there we go. my tweet has been posted. that's what i'm talking about. >> cenk: sometimes i forget that he's older than me. come on, dude. that was your first tweet? he's the president of the united states i guess he doesn't have time for tweeter. the campaign has worked. now, the american people were already on his side on this issue based on the polling, but the last poll confirms that. 65% of americans saying let us tax peo
in washington that started over the weekend. [ cheering ] >> cenk: what i'm amused by is people who see that celebration and go, o, how terrible. we'll talk about it all on tonight's show. you know what time it is, go time. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> cenk: so off and on on this show we talk about money and politics. i think it's the number one issue over all other issues. for once i have an amusing fact about that for you guys. last couple of weeks of the election turns out republican dopers gave $86 million to mitt romney. thinking that he would win and this would put him over the top. oops. wrong again bob. that's not how to worked out. what i love about that, if conservatives were watching "the young turks," they could have saved themselves $86 million. well, it's a good thing they weren't watching. now we turn to big donors and how they influence politics. mitt romney raised 82% of his money from big donors. you may not be surprised by that because romney is a rich donor guy. president obama is a man of the people. most of his money came from small people expect for the except for t
've had it in washington, d.c.-- >> cenk: no, we had an assault weapon ban. no, that's not across the country. you give me island of ocean of guns. >> well, it's at safe place per guns. >> cenk: didn't we have less gun violence when we-- >> we have more gun violence. chicago-- >> cenk: we have more gun violence now when it is out of control. >> washington, d.c. the places with the strictest gun control has the highest homicide rates in the country. >> cenk: you keep going back to the island of ocean of guns. you tell me that the problem in chicago is that there weren't enough guns, right for people to protect themselves. hold on, wait a minute. that's exactly what you said. >> i'm not advocating that everybody should have a gun. i'm advocating that people should have one. >> cenk: let me ask the question. but in most of these shootings or in a lot of these shootings it was gang shootings. both sides have guns. why didn't it work? isn't that your ideal dream scenario yes both sides have guns. >> no, gang members--i don't think gang members--they are criminals--you haven't taken tha
of ours from our radio studio and t.v. studio here on capitol here in washington, d.c. a new poll shows that the most unpopular senator in the entire country is republican leader mitch mcconnell. he's got only 37% favorable rating in his own home state of kentucky, but mcconnell says, that's not true. and he accuses, believe it or not. he accuses president obama of cooking the polls. what a lose her. he's in total denial. yeah. have you ever heard him speak? have you ever looked at him? no wonder he is so be popular. we will talk about that and mosh. first, standing by, lisa ferguson with today's news update. hi, lisa. >> hey, bill. good morning everyone. big news of the day, susan rice is choosing to withdraw her name for consideration of secretary of state. president obama will meet with the u.n. ambassador at the whitehouse today. she made a surprise announcement yesterday and told nbc's brian williams she did wanted any confirmation hearing to destract from president obama's agend ae. she said those of you who know me i am a fighter but not at the cost
this morning. our videographer in chief. >> the washington fuel team he is representing with his hat. >> redskins hat. >> they changed their uniforms. no. it's a weird sort of -- >> did they change their name? >> not yet. >> they should change their name. >> not yet. they are playing the baltimore ravens. big game. goad up the shoreway at baltimore. >> fedex field. >> which is halfway. >> by any stretch of the imagination, fedex field is not in washington. >> no. no. no. >> it's maryland. >> they should have played right here at rfk stadium if you ask me. >> baltimore ravens begins the landover redskins. >> right. exactly. so the christmas season is upon us. i was surprised at the whitehouse the other night that the the white house all festively decorated? >> more beautiful than i remember before. i have been there for a lot of christmas parties. this year, they poured it on. it's magnificent but i was swats when i left, i said to carol the white house screes tree on the ellipse is not lit. last night was the night. the first family there with
love "the washington post" headline. republicans losing blame game on fiscal cliff. neener. majority of americans say if the country goes over the cliff on december 31st, congressional republicans should bear the brunt of the blame. "washington post" pew poll -- >> pew pew. >> stephanie: latest time the g.o.p. faces a tireless task between now and the end of the year. 53% say the g.o.p. would and should lose the fiscal cliff blame game. 27% say the president. so there. [ ♪ nah nah nah nah nah ♪ ] >> stephanie: a tee and then a hee. donna says i got my tickets. steph, as your official vegetarian travel agent, i got meet and grope tickets. so did many of our stephanie and the mooks meet up group. >> i love that. >> stephanie: not that kind of meet. we're having a celebration dinner this sunday to celebrate getting meet and grope tickets to what -- >> it's a new year and time for a new inauguration. >> the president of the united states is once again barack obama. s. ♪ >> time for a new sexy li
here on capitol hill in washington, d.c. this friday morning, december 21st, now three days, three shopping days left until christmas. you don't have to worry about the end of the world any more. just go out and party like, you know, nothing ever stops you, and shop until you drop. and listen to us on the way as you are getting ready and watch us here. you can do that on current tv of course. you can listen to us on your local progressive talk radio station and on sirius xm this hour only. maybe that will change one of these days when they come to their senses. it's good to have you with us today. there is a lot of news to talk about. vice president biden having his first meeting of the tax force on -- task force on guns meeting with law enforcement officials and meeting with members of the president's cabinet. and last night, a bombshell on capitol hill when john boehner couldn't get enough republican votes to even have a vote on his so-called plan b, a col lossal embarrassment for john boehner. we have all of that to talk about. so that's why we
and analysis with a washington perspective from an emmy winning insider. >>you couldn't say it any more powerfully than that. >> current tv, on the roll. (vo)followed by humor and politics with a west coast edge. >>ah, thank you. >>it really is incredible. (vo)bill press and stephanie miller, current's morning news block. weekdays six to noon. very, very excited about that and very proud of that. >>beltway politics from inside the loop. >>we tackle the big issues here in our nation's capital, around the country and around the globe. >>dc columnist and four time emmy winner bill press opens current's morning news block. >>we'll do our best to carry the flag from 6 to 9 every morning. >>liberal and proud of it. >> eliot: there's much we still don't know about the tragedy in newtown but there's a shocking amount we do know about gun violence in this country. first, we know na there are an estimated privately-owned guns in america. we know that guns are responsible for over 30,000 deaths a year. with another 65,000 injured but not killed. we know that almost 20,000
morning show the only progressive morning show anywhere on cable television. here in washington, d.c., big night at the concernedkennedy center last year as the kennedy eye wards were awarded to dustin hoffman and talk show host david letterman. there was one sole protester out in front of the kennedy center jay leno. he had a big sign saying what about me? why dave? what about me? we will tell you more about the kennedy center honors and a lot more. let's get the latest. today's current day's update lease a ferguson standing buy in los angeles. hey, good monday morning, lease a. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. happy monday. hope y'all had a good weekend. the president gets to take a little bit of a break from the fiscal cliff today. he got that around 11 eastern last night after hosting reception for the ken see center awardees. it celebrates talent in art and music. the recipients included david letterman, dustin hoffman and the surviving members of led zeppelin. the president is the addressing defense issues nationally and globally. he tol
in washington negotiate a bad deal on the bucket and deficit, what do you think will happen to medicare and medicaid benefits. >> it stars two senator and two republican reps. cnn reports the labor unions are spending more than a half of million dollars on this round of spots. we're back with more steph after the break. stay with us. ♪ going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us. [♪ theme music ♪] >> stephanie: okay. and as we mentioned, unemployment numbers. hello! [ ♪ patriotic music ♪ ] >> stephanie: the lowest in four years. >> wow! >> stephanie: it has dropped to 7.7%. >> you're welcome america, i did that. >> no, you didn't. >> stephanie: right. [ applause
here in washington. it is a heated rivalry. >> bill: even if your team loses, don't you think you would wear the gear? >> i have the hat. i am absolutely loyal. they played a solid game last night. right up until they didn't win. >> they almost won. >> spoken like a true fan. they played a great game until they lost. >> bill: here's what it sounded like on espn right at the end there. >> rejuvenated football in the nation's capital. redskins and giants split. it looks like they've won a game here at fedex field. and all they are is within a game of the division lead. >> bill: 17-16. >> i will say as a giants fan the redskins are a solid contender this year and they have a fabulous rookie quarterback. >> bill: rgiii. >> he's very good. >> bill: there we go. we've got the nats and redskins coming up. whoa suddenly, sports town. >> i wouldn't get too carried away with that. the last couple of games they looked very good. they also lost to the panthers this season and they had some very terrible games. if th
in a very long time. i won't include washington jefferson adams. gumaybe. but maybe. she would be great. >> bill: nancy pelosi getting a little bit ahead of herself there, i think. i personally have pledged i am not going to talk about 2016 until maybe the second half of 2015. so everybody keeps saying do you think hillary is going to run? i am not going to comment on 2016. i want to focus on the moment, sees the moment. let's make the most of 2012 and 2013 2013. we have a lot to cover here today with lots of help. eliot spitzer, our good friend from ""viewpoint"" will be along as he is every wednesday more than. peter welch in studio with us and lee saunders the president of afsme who will fight back after the right to work was signed into law guy governor rick snyder. good news on the gun control front yesterday. but first. >> this is the full court press. >> on this wednesday, other headlines making news, a big sigh of relief in the media community and the world. nbc news richard engal reserved yesterday after going missing in syria for five days.
, they are running anned a right now. he's take a look. >> if the politicians in washington negotiate a bad deal on the budget and deficit, what do you think will happen to medicare and medicaid benefits? and to our coverage? ♪ >> you know i just want to quickly ask you while we have you, why the unions are getting involved in this debate over the fiscal cliff now? what steak did they have in this? >> we think we are one of the last remaining organizedd forces in the economy that fight to invest that revenue and get the people back to work. because the private sector by itself is not generating the millions of more jobs. so it's about jobs and making sure we do not cut vital services to the people desperately need them. it's not just about the services, but it's also about stabilizing the employment of people in the healthcare and social security sector. so we have got to get back to work and protect services. that's why we think it's incumbent on us to have this fight as well. >> thank you for your time thank you for your time. next any time a right to work battle pro
as well 37 in washington today secretary of state hillary clinton was guarded as she discussed the rebel's recent successes. >> opposition in syria is now caping of holding ground, and they are better equipped and more able to bring the fight to the government forces. i don't know that you can say that for the entire country it is yet at a tipping point but it certainly seems that the regime will be much harder pressed in the next months. >> eliot: in cairo protesters continue to press the regime of president mohammed morsi to relinquish the new powers he announced for himself this week. some protesters also object to the new draft egyptian constitution, which was finished friday and sent to morsi for review. meanwhile in israel you prime prime minister benjamin netanyahu government has announced plans to build housing that would physically link jerusalem with major west bank settlement. it is called counterproductive to the goals resuming direct negotiations between israel and the palestinians and achieving the two-state peace settlement that has been the u.s. diplomat i can goal for de
. >> eliot: joining me now is ruth marcus,cal almostist editorial writer fog the "washington post," and "new york times" washington bureau chief david leanhardt. thank you for joining me.: is this a strategic ploy for the republican party to remain strategic cohesiveness on this issue. >> no, i don't think it's a strategy. except on the part of the people like senator corker deviating from republican orthodoxy. the republican position has been no new taxes. that's the highest of the theology and first commandment no matter what, thou shalt not raise marginal tax rates. i think it's significant and very positive that some of the saner voices are talking about the prospect of raising top tax rates. it started and now you have the schisms between bill kristol blast the weekly standard and one hand and the wall street journal editorial page on the other. i think this is going to be a developing story on the republican side. >> eliot: i'm trying to figure out how to carry this theological metaphor. >> it might be better to stop. >> eliot: i'll use another one. will rogers you say the republican
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of ours from our radio factory book factory tv factory here on capitol hill in washington, d.c. in the shad dove the capitol dome where members of congress busy going to holiday parties. i saw several of them last night. at a holiday party. the department of labor, thrown by our good friend, secretary of labor hilda soliz but they didn't get much work done on capitol hill as we just heard from david jackson from the white house. seems like things have come to a dead stop both at the white house and on the congress mainly because republicans still refuse to -- they're still insisting that the bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of americans be extended permanently. come on, john boehner! you lost the election! the american people want to move forward. american people want the wealthiest of americans to pay their fair share. boehner, why are you representing the 2% and not just the 98%. lots and lots to talk about here this morning. and you'll want to get into the conversation, we know, and you can do so, give us a
there is hope afterall. joining me now from washington is republican strategist and author of the book "blackwards," ron christie. thank you so much for joining us inside "the war room" again. >> governor, it is nice to see you again. >> jennifer: all right. so do you think republicans have recovered from losing the election? >> well, i think we have. i think there's no question that although president obama got less of the popular vote than he did the last time around, his electoral college numbers went up. he won. but the other thing that i would say to you governor, is senate republicans, the american people voted for the status quo. they kept the republicans running the majority in the house of representatives to keep a check on the executive branch and so while we did take a shellacking in the presidential election, we still have one of the houses of congress -- it is up to the congress to negotiate with the president. >> jennifer: i gotta stop you on that though because the democrats won the popular vote in the house r
, welcome about this. phil is out in spokane washington. hey, phil, good morning. >> caller: good morning, bill. >> bill: early morning out there on the west coast. >> caller: i'm a cook county democrat. and a steelworker. the fact of the matter is i want the right wing to step up and take responsibility for the ripple effect of air-traffic controllers because every time somebody dies in a right to work state, a coal mine and yes, in the gulf, that blood is on their hands. i've been -- osha becomes two-fer and the worker becomes -- indispensable. for the fact of the matter is every time a right to work state emerges, you have jim crow for the working man and woman in that state. he has no right. that's all i've got to say this morning. >> bill: hey phil, i appreciate your weighing in. it is true that in state after state after state evidence has shown not only are wages lower but working conditions in terms of health and safety for employees are a lot more perilous and as phil points out that has consequences. igo
liberal cause for the washington, d.c. show, the 19th is the brady center because again, i was looking at the numbers of how the degree to which they're outspent by the nra. and that's what usually drives the debate in washington, right? this is good news. the president -- [ ♪ "world news tonight" ♪ ] is actively supportive of the assault weapons ban. i was saying this yesterday, a lot of people are using the terms tipping point and i really hope so. actually, that should be a minimum. that should be a minimum. the assault weapons ban. you know. you've got to get to all of it, don't you? the gun show loophole, the magazines. anyway, all right. so i think at a bare minimum the assault weapons ban. even the "new york post," did you see that? >> up rupert murdoch's "new york post." >> stephanie: what's going on? there is a disconnect between murdoch and fox news. >> even though o'reilly said we may need to look at some sensible gun control. >> stephanie: maybe. >> hannity didn't think so but o'reilly
doom if it a deal isn't cut by year's owned. but washington, both side have dug in their heels, and the answer may be that suddenly the sliding down the fiscal slope does not seem that bad. maybe that's why the republicans leaders like speaker of the house john boehner were able to put off making a counter proposal to the president's offer until today. crossing the red line on the talks by rejecting the demind that the republicans accept a hike in the marginal tax rate for those with income over a quarter million dollars a year. my view? obviously i agree with the white house on the substance and as i have said before, their hand gets stronger over time. but sometimes a new idea can change the dynamic. here is an idea that has been around for a long time, supported by james tobin way back and pushed by ralph nadar in a "washington post" op-ed this weekend. impose a tax on financial transactions. it will give us up to $100 billion a year, fail on a sector that has generateed enormous unwarranted profits for very few but benefited from huge bailouts the regulatory help but by and
the sensation. >> jennifer: you all know in november's election, colorado and washington state decriminalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. this loosening of the laws really represents a historic shift in the war on drugs. it also presents an unprecedented problem of clashing federal laws and state laws. just today democratic senator patrick leahy, chairman of the senate judiciary committee released a letter to the white house drug czar urging him to explain how is the administration going to solve this conflict? senator leahy plans to hold hearings on the issue early next year. according to the pot legalization group normal, norml, 26 states have laws decriminalizing or allowing medical marijuana use and then there were also two recent polls from "the huffington post" and quinnipiac university which show, with respect to public support that more than half of the country actually supports the legalization of marijuana. joining me now for insight on how the obama administration might move for
marijuana. george washington and thomas jefferson and james monroe and james madison grew hemp. interesting. those guys all grew hemp. of course, our last three presidents also used drugs. >> when i was inning grand i experimented with with marijuana a time or two and didn't like it and didn't inhale and never tried it again. >> cenk: i like clinton as a president but that was the most ridiculous lie i ever heard. then there was george w. bush. in a secret recording to a guy named doug weed, he said. >> of course he didn't mind putting those kids in jail for exactly what he tried. here's president obama. >> when i was a kid i -- i inhaled. frequently. that was the point. >> so it's all very funny of course when president obama jokes about it, but none the less all these people go to jail anyway for the same thing the last three done. jay carney says: >> cenk: our hypocrisy also remains unchanged. one guy fighting back is the executive director of harborside health center, one of the largest dispensaries in california. he's been a marijuana advocate for 20 years. it's great to have you with
out there. sorry mrs. schechner. washington >> stephanie: kids see what you see right here in the studio. this is the opening act of sexy liberal dc. did you hear we're getting a tour of the white house. >> i don't think you are supposed to say that. you ruined it for us. >> yeah you have to pass a background check. >> stephanie: i have some time to clean some things up. >> yeah. get harvie kitel to get the blood and brain matter out of the car. >> stephanie: yeah. rolland sexy liberal tour director says there are some great $45 seats in the lower balcony. the $45 seats have amazing views of the stage. there are probably only about 100 orchestra seats left. and then we have two huge surprise celebrity guests on panel. >> i don't know either of them. >> stephanie: you don't? >> no. >> stephanie: oh my god you are going to [ censor bleep ] yourself. >> it smells like somebody did in here -- >> can we please not bring in salmon and brussel sprouts on the same day? >> i burned them look at that. >> blackened brussel sprouts. >> i'm excited to go spinning with
suit. joining us now is george zornick, washington reporter for the nation. you wrote a fascinating piece today about walmart. describe it. legislation isn't the only way to accomplish gun control. what are the other levers and pressure points? >> sure, i mean you look at what walmart has done over the past couple of years. expanding gun sales to more than half of their stores which is where it used to be a third or less, and it is something that they realized quite a bit of profits from. they've seen the gun sales go up 74%. when they did that, there wasn't a lot of public fanfare. they didn't heavily advertise guns are coming back to walmart. they did it because it was a smart money decision to do. if you look at at walmart they don't sell any thing that has the black and white advisory on it. more so because they're afraid that those kind of products will lead to boycotts, particularly church groups, evangelical groups and that could harm them in the deep south. up until this point the gun sales which h
january proposals that i then intend to push without delay. this is not some washington commission. this is a team that has a very specific task, to pull together real reforms right now. that those of us who were sent here to serve the public trust can summon one tiny iota that those teachers in newtown summoned on friday. if cooperation and common sense prevail, then i'm convinced we can make a sensible and intelligent way to make the united states of america a safer, stronger place for our children to learn and to grow. >> eliot: the president focused specifically on three proposals that appeared to have significant and growing support closing the gun show loophole so that background check is required and banning assault weapons and ammunition clips. he was then asked why it didn't happen in the first team. >> this is not the first prolific gun violence of your four years. where have you been? >> here's where i've been, jake. i've been president of the united states in an economic crisis since the great depression. two wars, i don't think i've been on vacation. so you know, i thi
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if not for the guns. so while the country grasps for answers and washington tries to offer solutions let's honor the victims by starting what we know the guns are the problem. >> i am here to make a citizen's arrest. (vo) current tv presents a month long festival of true stories. get real for the holidays. >> eliot: there were times when it felt like the presidential election would never end then thankfully it finally did. faster than karl rove could say cuyahoga county, fftdz over before the mail-in votes were counted. another way to phrase the question, beyond having a winner, do elections have results? democrats were quick to claim a mandate for the president but republicans as evidenced by their stance on the fiscal cliff, don't seem to agree. here to help sort it out is political reporter joe williams and chief economic correspondent for politico, ben white. thank you both for joining us. joe, let me begin with you. i have this notion that this sort of theological hard right loss this election whether it was immigration, the reality
. this is the "full court press." we're coming to you live from washington, d.c. hope you're off to a good start wherever you happen to be in this great land of ours. obviously i'm not. and it is great to see you. invite you to join the conversation any time by giving us a call at 1-866-55-press. or sending us a little tweet message on twitter at bpshow. we're following you at bpshow. and on facebook. facebook.com/billpressshow here in our nation's capital. there is word that after president obama and speaker boehner met yesterday at the white house in the oval office for some 45 minutes there is word that they're getting closer to a deal. i was out for dinner last night when i got a quick text from the white house saying president obama had agreed to up the limit on the tax cut from $250,000 to $400,000 meaning that under that plan every american taxpayer would have a lower tax rate, a tax cut on the first $400,000 of his or her income which is way way, way more than enough for 99% of americans. so maybe we're getting closer to a dea
dealing with a line-up for the washington nationals. you've got a string of great players, just trying to figure out the right batting order. kerry could be secretary of state. hagel could become secretary of defense. you could see jack lew the current chief staff move over to the secretary of treasury. tom donelan move over to be chief of staff and then there's the natural opening for susan rice. she becomes national security advisor, close to the president. back in the washington mix and in a position to still help the president execute his policies. >> eliot: joe, i was with you on everything you said except the baseball metaphor. we in new york forget you have a baseball team in washington. a moment transitory time to have a team that can play above .500. did john mccain know about this before it was announced publicly? did white house call him and say okay john, you win this one but we want something back. we're going to give this to you. be gracious but here's what we expect in terms of a, b or c? what do you thi
saying the same thing. will go to washington? will you sit down with members who are on the other side of the issue to try to reason in your quiet and persuasive way? >> absolutely. and as a junior high teacher i can be not quiet as well. >> eliot: i didn't want to go there, i am not sure i wanted to be in your junior high class maybe standing in the corner, perhaps. >> there is a passion in the room today after the press conference. all of us are willing to take that message where our children are being killed. our seniors are being killed. we are being killed in our places of worship. in our places of entertainment movie theaters, and just recently my daughter lives a mile from where the shooting took place in portland, oregon. we are no longer a safe society. this is a difficult question, but we are a smart society. we solve a lot of things. we need to take it apart and see what we can do. >> eliot: for you as a teacher for so many years school is a special place, a place of safety for kids, and this strikes to the core. >> i was a teacher when columbine happened. we immediately put
. >> stephanie: only a few tickets left for the sexy liberal show in washington, d.c. so i'm kind of a thruple slut. which as i explained, a threesome with no sex. >> which if you are in three of them it's a nine-some. >> stephanie: that's right. no one is having sex with me. let me be very clear. [ bell chimes ] [ applause ] >> stephanie: they are also clicks. in high school we called them clicks. roland jacki and i are all in a thruple, and melissa fitzgerald jacki and i are also in a thruple. i cheat on different pundits left and right. i may yell out eric boward's name. you never know. karl frisch. good morning, karl frisch! eric bolard. >> good morning. eric bolard! >> slowly i churn. >> stephanie: you said what kind of crazies believe the mayan calendar. think of them with gops obsessed with the unscrewing polls. >> this could be the last time we talk stephanie. >> stephanie: it could. >> but if the mayans were so good at predicting the future, there would still be mayans. >> right. unless they were controlled by their republican party. >> that's right. >> stephanie: haven't
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everything invested in this. >> obama: i've been keeping my own naughty and nice list for washington. so you should keep your eye on who gets some correct this year. there are going to be some members of congress who get 'em and on don't. >> jennifer: that was president obama at the connect toy factory factory. he was warning congress they might end up on the naughty list. and he asked republicans to extend the bush era tax cuts for those making less than $250,000, but not for those making more. echoing the holiday theme with this grinch like association. >> let's not kid ourselves. i'm not trying to make this more difficult. >> jennifer: stalemate. didn't we just start talking? oh wait, he's just posturing right? to sort out the latest tough talk from the posture is michelle bernard founder of the bernard center center for women public policy. welcome back inside "the war room," michelle. >> thank you. >> jennifer: so, how serious is the stalemate that speaker boehner announceed today? >> i was listening to that sound bite a second ago and i don't know if i want to cry or if i want to laug
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